Definition: This entry gives the percent of children under five considered to be underweight. Underweight means weight-for-age is approximately 2 kg below for standard at age one, 3 kg below standard for ages two and three, and 4 kg below standard for ages four and five. This statistic is an indicator of the nutritional status of a community. Children who suffer from growth retardation as a result of poor diets and/or recurrent infections tend to have a greater risk of suffering illness and death.
Source: CIA World Factbook - Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of January 1, 2012See also: Children under the age of 5 years underweight map
7L kids under five malnourished in Chhattisgarh
Times of India - 7/26/2014 12:17:35 AM
The mortality rate due to diarrhoea among children (0-5 years) in the state is 6 per 1,000 children. According to World ... are underweight. Nationally the NFHS figures show 48% are stunted (too short for their age), indicating that half of the country's ...
Health Ministry study: Romanian children have normal weights
ACT Media News Agency - 7/22/2014 6:20:14 AM
These are the conclusions of a study conducted by the Health Ministry via the National Public Health Institute under the European ... proposed by the WHO. 5% of the Romanian children included in the study aged 8 years are underweight and 1% are severely ...
India is on course to miss most of the UN’s Millenium Development Goals by 2015
Quartz - 7/22/2014 5:47:26 PM
Across eight categories, a layered system of goals was set for each country. Because the deadline was 15 years away ... India had the highest number of deaths of children under the age of 5 in the world in 2012, with 1.4 million children dying before ...
5 Inspirational Health Trends That Are Happening Around The World
The Business Insider - 5/20/2014 11:55:38 PM
In the chart below, you can see that low-income countries made the largest gains overall: World Health Statistics 2014 Years ... Children under the age of five are getting better nutrition across all regions of the world. The global proportion of ...
Half of Afghan children suffer irreversible harm from malnutrition
theguardian.com - 1/26/2014 3:12:16 PM
The finding raises serious questions about the legacy of more than 10 years of western involvement in Afghanistan. "After the age of two years ... pushing up death rates among children under five. So severe is the damage that tackling it by lacing basic ...
As Indian Growth Soars, Child Hunger Persists
New York Times - 3/12/2009 11:55:19 PM
In India ... in recent years, including Maharashtra and Gujarat. Here in the capital, which has the highest per-capita income in the country, 42.2 percent of children under 5 are stunted, or too short for their age, and 26 percent are underweight.
Helping India Combat Persistently High Rates of Malnutrition
The World Bank - 5/13/2013 12:47:17 PM
Although India has seen strong economic growth over the past 20 years, malnutrition in children under five years of age continues to be among the highest in the world. Rates of malnutrition ... 60 million - are underweight, about 45% are stunted (too ...
Infant mortality rate India's enduring shame
Deccan Herald - 7/24/2014 11:57:17 PM
Two million children under five years of age die—one every 15 seconds—each year in India, also the highest anywhere in the world, it said ... For instance, the infant mortality rate in Orissa is 96 per 1,000 live births, while in Kerala it is only ...
India Asks, Should Food Be a Right for the Poor?
New York Times - 8/7/2010 11:55:23 PM
and the country has had one of the world’s fastest-growing economies during the past decade. But its poverty and hunger indexes remain dismal, with roughly 42 percent of all Indian children under the age of 5 being underweight. The food system has ...
Nigeria: The Country Under Siege of Malnutrition - A Time to Act
AllAfrica - 12/12/2011 9:25:34 AM
Halima Ahmed was married at the age of 16. She had her first child at 18 and two years after ... that about 40 per cent of Nigerian children under five are stunted, nine per cent are wasted and 25 per cent are underweight. Micronutrient deficiencies ...
India's hunger 'shame': 3,000 children die every day, despite economic growth
NBCNews World - 2/15/2012 11:53:22 PM
A government-supported survey last month said 42 percent of children under five are underweight - almost double that of sub-Saharan Africa - compared to 43 percent five years ago ... has also catapulted the country onto the world stage, boosting its ...
India's child malnutrition puzzle
The Economic Times - 4/28/2011 11:57:15 PM
India is home to about a third of the world's underweight and stunted children under the age of 5. A child under 5 is almost twice as ... of severe underweight and stunting of children in the country. Poverty is one obvious underlying cause.
AFGHANISTAN: Fifth least developed country in the world
IRIN - 11/17/2007 11:53:06 PM
In Afghanistan’s first-ever human development report, which was released in 2004, the country was ranked 173rd and was widely expected to improve its human development indicators. Afghans live almost nine years ... children under five are underweight ...
The Terrible Plight of Afghan Children
ABC News - 4/20/2008 11:55:24 PM
The two-year ... five children will not live beyond the age of five, according to official statistics. Thirty-nine percent of children under five are malnourished due to poverty and 54 percent of Afghan children are stunted and 40 percent are underweight ...
Malnutrition causes 45 per cent of deaths of under-five children: Report
The Hindu - 6/6/2013 5:40:56 PM
Malnutrition is responsible for nearly 45 per cent of deaths in children under-five, according to ... and 100 million children were underweight. Over 90 per cent of these were in Asia or Africa, with Africa the only major world region where the number ...